Macbeth Character Analysis

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In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, women, his downfall, tempt the title character into going against his own nature. No matter how many times Macbeth talks himself out of doing something he will regret, he falls victim to the witches and Lady Macbeth. The way they manipulate him causes him to commit acts that he normally would not do, eventually leading to Macbeth’s mental break down. The manipulation of Macbeth starts at the beginning. The witches tell Macbeth prophecies of what will happen and Macbeth does not question them at all, but rather falls into the persuasion of the witches. Lady Macbeth influences him as well, and she pesters him until he does what she wants. She wants Macbeth to kill the king, Duncan, so he will take over the throne. However, she realizes that Macbeth’s human nature comes off as too nice for him to commit such a ruthless crime. “It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness” (Act 1 Scene 5). Macbeth likes the king, “Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek” (Act 1 Scene 7). He thinks he a good and humble person to pursue the roll as a king. Lady Macbeth pressures Macbeth into doing something he has never done, “Look like th’ innocent flower, but the serpent underneath” (Act 1 Scene 5). Macbeth’s manipulation puts him in a place he cannot escape.
Lady Macbeth grows angry when Macbeth will not listen to her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She goes on to critique him and questions him of his manhood. Males come off as crueler than women when everybody at the dinner party gets drunk, and Lady Macbeth becomes more and more confident about killing Duncan. “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold” (Act 2 Scene 2). Lady Macbeth fears that she does not possess the same cruelty as men and she praises, “unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty” (Act 1 Scene 5). She eventually attempts to kill Duncan but claims she cannot do so because she says he looks too much like her own father. “Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t” (Act 2 Scene 2). Lady Macbeth's cruelty continually becomes worse. “How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it is smiling in my face, have plack’d my

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